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Painting an RIB

Recently we took delivery of a 5-year-old Rayglass Projet and while the bright yellow Hypalon tubes were still in great condition and lacking none of their sheen, it wasn’t the

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Meridian 441 – Flybridge

Meridian Yachts is one of North America’s fastest growing flybridge boat manufacturers and each model in its four-boat range is designed to deliver liveability, cruisability and manoeuvrability at an exceptional

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McLay Fortress – Runabout

Going smaller can have its benefits as Barry Thompson found out when he spent some time aboard the Mclay 4.8 Fortress dinghy. It’s interesting, but as you get older some

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Maritimo S50 – Sedan Cruiser

The new Maritimo S50 sedan could best be described as a crossover boat between the Maritimo Cabriolet and Motoryacht ranges, offering a lot of the best of both. Maritimo launched

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Maritimo M58 – Flybridge

Understated elegance is the best way to describe the overall look and presentation of Maritimo’s all new M58. Released at SCIBS, the acceptance of the new Maritimo M58 has been

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Maritimo M50 – Flybridge

Warren Steptoe asks the answer to whether the M50 is a better boat than the M48 it replaces. Maritimo’s M48 flybridge cruiser was a great success story for the iconic

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Maritimo M45 – Flybridge

The Maritimo M45 has been referred to as the Goldilocks boat….not too big and not too small, but just right. Barry Thompson checks out the latest shaft drive version and

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Boat Review Smuggler Strata 550

Smuggler Marine have in a few short years established an international reputation for their Strata RIBs, more especially their tender range. Barry Thompson took their most popular model, the wide

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Lazercraft 996 – Hardtop

When you are as serious about fishing as John Dunn is, then you know that his boat is going to be something special. His all-new custom-built Southern Lazer XP996 is

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Integrity 380FB – Flybridge

From the flybridge down Integrity’s 380 Flybridge is exactly the same boat as their 380 Sedan, but it’s a boat that will appeal to a different market. To flybridge enthusiasts

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Integrity 380 – Wheelhouse

When Integrity Motor Yachts Australia (IMYA) released the all-new 380 Sedan at the 2012 GCCM Expo, its sales staff were overwhelmed with the response they got from potential clients. It

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Hudson Bay 50 – Sedan Cruiser

Clipper’s new Hudson Bay 50 is a traditional sedan cruiser with an ageless exterior combined with a modern interior. Barry Thompson spent a morning mooching around the Gold Coast’s Broadwater

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Hudson Bay 39 – Sedan Cruiser

Clipper’s new Hudson Bay range of traditional ‘downeast’ style sedan cruisers are reminiscent of a lobster boat, but hidden within that ageless exterior is a style and layout that is

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Hill 20m -Tenacity – Catamaran

Tenacity is the largest-ever full-displacement powercat from Roger Hill Yacht Design (RHYD) and with a 4-year gestation period, the name couldn’t be more appropriate. What started with a visit to

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Grady White 226 – Walkaround

The Grady White branding is revered the world over by serious game-fisherman who ply their trade in genuine bluewater conditions. The new Seafarer 226 walkaround model now adds the creature

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Fleming 78 – Trawler

With the Fleming 78, you are free to explore virtually anywhere in the world, from the upper reaches of the Amazon to the Fiords of Norway or cruising around the

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FC 600 – Centre Console

FC Boats are one of the newer alloy brands to the New Zealand market, but their parent company Fish City has been a leading organization in the industry for many

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FC 597 – Hardtop

Released earlier in the year, the FC597, is the hardtop version of the FC595 we tested last month in our sister publication Alloy Boat. Freddy Foote gets aboard the FC597

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FC 580 – Cabin

The Fish City range of aluminium boats has enjoyed great success in its short time on the market, with the company rapidly expanding by offering a number of new models

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FC 500 – Centre Console

A few issues back we brought you a test on the FC430, a no-nonsense open fishing dinghy from Fish City. While the success of the FC430 has been exceptional, there

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When Redhead Ruled the Waves

THERE WAS A RECORD-BREAKING REDHEAD IN SIR LEONARD SOUTHWARD’S LIFE BEFORE HE PURCHASED LIZZIE T FORD, THE 1915 MODEL T THAT STARTED HIS EXPENSIVE HOBBY OF COLLECTING VINTAGE CARS. The

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FC 430 – Runabout

If you are looking for a really neat, straight forward, no nonsense boat to go fishing in, but also at a really, really good price, then I suggest you check

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Explorer 43 – Trawler

Barry Thompson takes a look at the latest Explorer 43 and finds a boat that is totally in touch with its market, where speed and flash gives way to dignity

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Elite 60 -Vantage – Sedan Cruiser

Designer Bill Upfold, best known for his trademark mid-pilothouse cruisers, is finding popularity with his sedan designs. Sedan-style launches or cruisers, not so long ago considered deeply unfashionable, are currently

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DNA 821 HT – Hardtop

After small beginnings and building craft in the 3-4m range, DNA Boats has now established a custom division, and with no limits and an open chequebook you can create your

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Dickey 750X – Hardtop

Derived from the popular Dickey 750, the 750X has been designed for those who want to stay away in their boat and it comes with all the comforts of a larger

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CSB Huntsman 500 – Cabin

The CSB 500 may simply be a stripped out La Plata, but it lacks none of the quality finish and performance characteristics of its more highly speced out host. In

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Charging With Solar Panels

Using Solar is green. It is renewable, available anywhere, durable, eco-friendly, cost effective, easy to install, utilises lower voltage and saves energy. It is becoming more and more popular on

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Pacific Powerboat July/August 2016

Features 52 LOOKING BACK OVER 20 YEARS Part Two – Launch & MotorYacht and Pacific MotorYacht 1998-2011. A pictorial essay. 70 UNDERSTANDING TOWBARS & COUPLINGS Barry Thompson offers some advice

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Boat Review Prowler 10.4 Powercat

IN A DELIBERATE MOVE TO INSTANTANEOUSLY EXPAND ITS RANGE, TWO YEARS AGO FORMULA CRUISERS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT TO BUILD THE PROWLER CATAMARAN. EMBRACING THE REALISATION THAT THE BRAND DEFINITELY HAD A FUTURE,

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Lock it or Lose It

EVERY YEAR, MORE BOATS, BOAT TRAILERS, PERSONAL BOATING ITEMS, ELECTRONIC AND BOATING SAFETY EQUIPMENT ARE STOLEN. FREDDY FOOTE INVESTIGATES THE LOW DOWN ON VESSEL SECURITY AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO

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